More dogs are being bitten by copperhead snakes in North Texas this year and cases began earlier than last year, according to area veterinarians. Curious dogs are more likely than cats to be targeted, said veterinarian Rocky McKelvey. Veterinarian Libby Ramirez explains the symptoms and treatment of a copperhead bites, noting that the damage can be severe and life-threatening for dogs. The $17 Crotalus Atrox Toxoid vaccine decreases the severity of viper venom bite symptoms and could reduce the cost of treatment.

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